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Holy Cross Descends Upon Boston for Football Matchup Against Boston College

Thousands gathered for an event-filled weekend centered around the first football game played between the teams in 32 years
September 11th, 2018 by 

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holy cross football players walk onto field

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crowds cheer for Holy Cross football

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crowds cheer for Holy Cross football

crowds cheer for Holy Cross football

crowds cheer for Holy Cross football

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crowds cheer for Holy Cross football

From Holy Cross banners on car trunks and tree branches to deep purple shirts on the backs of thousands of alumni and students, Crusaders were visible in every direction on Sept. 8 at Boston College. The occasion? Holy Cross football’s first meeting with BC since 1986.

The game, played at BC’s Alumni Stadium, was a nod to one of the most storied rivalries in the history of New England football and the 83rd all-time meeting between the teams — the most for either against any single opponent. It was no surprise then that the game drew the largest crowd to witness a Holy Cross-BC game since their 1954 meeting at Fenway Park with more than 40,000 fans in both purple and maroon.

While the outcome favored BC with the Eagles winning 62-14, Holy Cross alumni and students were not deterred from displaying their Holy Cross pride during the game, tailgate and other events held over the weekend for Crusaders gathering in Boston. Alumni attended a lecture and tour at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum led by Stephanie Yuhl, professor of history, as well as a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and a social gathering in Back Bay.

Appropriately timed during the 175th anniversary of Holy Cross, this weekend proved to be a fitting opportunity to celebrate the College’s great history in the best way possible — with each other, decked out in purple, cheering on the Crusaders.

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